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2,928 34,409 Greetings from Germany!
by Gabriel_GER
May 20, 2022 14:45:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing - 1 Viewing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

197 1,811 How to "follow" a thread ?
by liveoak
May 13, 2022 9:06:22 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 3 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

Sub-board: Rock Tumbling Tutorials

5,516 68,716 2022 World Tumbling contest
by oldtimerock
May 20, 2022 22:32:01 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 3 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,816 52,291 Mexican Royal Velvet Obsidian Tumbles
by jasoninsd
May 19, 2022 22:48:45 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons - 2 Viewing

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

Sub-board: Creating Cabochons Tutorials

11,649 156,933 Up and comers
by lunker
May 20, 2022 23:26:30 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping - 2 Viewing

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

Sub-board: Wire Wrapping Tutorials

4,955 62,265 Sci-Fi, Coprolite, Seiber Agate, Crazy Lace
by jasoninsd
May 17, 2022 20:32:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

Sub-board: Metal Smithing Tutorials

999 14,097 2880 pound annealing job
by jasoninsd
May 20, 2022 22:16:11 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

Sub-board: Rock Carving Tutorials

351 4,919 Equipment Question
by CLErocks
May 15, 2022 11:53:32 GMT -5
No New Posts Special Creations (intarsia, glass, metal, etc.)

Show off your special projects, or finished pieces you created using alternative methods or materials, as you expand your creativity beyond simple lapidary

1,660 25,013 Glass Tumble
by Fossilman
May 20, 2022 12:41:25 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

112 1,606 Troubleshooting Graves mark IV faceter
by hummingbirdstones
May 18, 2022 21:54:26 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

162 2,779 My latest batch of spheres (large photos)
by Nuggets
Apr 29, 2022 20:36:06 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 3 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

685 5,231 Impact Angles
by jamesp
May 20, 2022 18:28:09 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 3 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

Sub-board: Other Articles and Tutorials

13,585 148,264 BDX4 completed
by stardiamond
May 20, 2022 18:52:02 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

6,230 64,350 Owyhee why not
by stardiamond
May 20, 2022 17:12:16 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 2 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


2,050 25,079 Ring saw vs band saw
by rockbrain
May 20, 2022 8:53:43 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Specimens and Themed Threads - 1 Viewing

Show us your rock specimens that are destined for a display case, or take part in our shared theme threads such as the very popular Thunderegg Thursdays, and Coprolite. Start one of your own and lets see if it grows.

3,538 43,040 Fresh off the lap!
by perkins17
May 20, 2022 23:12:43 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,168 12,773 My best rock hunting find ever happened yesterday
by jamesp
May 20, 2022 15:13:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 1 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

3,085 25,716 Chert? Pet wood? Something else?
by Peruano
May 20, 2022 13:08:47 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,937 136,614 Rough Petrified Wood dug up 5/7/22 @ Saddle Mountain
by Fossilman
May 20, 2022 12:45:59 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests - 1 Viewing

Join in the various competitions and games that members create just for fun

791 27,210 *~OPEN~* Cab Contest, May 2022 Theme: Soft Rocks
by rockbrain
May 20, 2022 8:45:36 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 4 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

2,819 33,497 Cheyenne River Float Trip - First of 2022
by jasoninsd
May 20, 2022 22:07:24 GMT -5
No New Posts Vendor Reviews and advice

Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,363 11,259 Johnson Brothers Review Thread
by rockbrain
May 5, 2022 8:48:25 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade

Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

3,590 30,596 Mara Mamba Tiger Eye ***SOLD***
by hummingbirdstones2
May 17, 2022 22:07:00 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 1 Viewing

Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

12,166 166,888 The Official Day In Pictures Thread™️
by hummingbirdstones
May 20, 2022 21:54:35 GMT -5


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amygdule: Another Day is Done

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Blockhead: I like Rocks. May 19, 2022 23:23:56 GMT -5
rickb: It's getting hot these last days of May (98° yesterday and today) May 20, 2022 10:42:35 GMT -5 *
perkins17: Hallelujah May 20, 2022 12:08:46 GMT -5
perkins17: I hate winter now
May 20, 2022 12:08:54 GMT -5
perkins17: ;) May 20, 2022 12:09:00 GMT -5
Fossilman: I lived in the snow and cold for over 50 years, always hated it! Glad I moved away from it all.. May 20, 2022 12:42:24 GMT -5
amygdule: When the Queen Witch starts hoarding clothes dryer lint. You're in Trouble..!!! May 20, 2022 12:52:24 GMT -5
rickb: That some bad JuJu (:)) May 20, 2022 15:30:07 GMT -5 *
Lumberlegs: Mix that with some vasoline in a toilet paper roll and you have a nice firestarter (chewie) May 20, 2022 15:46:35 GMT -5
rickb: I've hoarded dryer lint and used it to catch a spark when starting a fire using my old flint and steel kit. May 20, 2022 15:53:44 GMT -5 *
Lumberlegs: Sorry I should have added "when everything else is wet". Saved our asses on Mt. Rogers to dry our gear out May 20, 2022 15:57:35 GMT -5
Wooferhound: More is Better May 20, 2022 16:28:52 GMT -5
Blockhead: I like Rocks. May 20, 2022 17:54:57 GMT -5
Wooferhound: One day I woke up and discovered that I love 30 Grit May 20, 2022 19:57:25 GMT -5
mohs: rough love, indeed May 20, 2022 20:29:27 GMT -5
amygdule: Rocks are Forever
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mohs: yes they are-- rocking the heart May 20, 2022 20:54:39 GMT -5
mohs: knew I had to say hello... May 20, 2022 20:58:17 GMT -5